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Simpson Walk 13th July 2021 - Trip Report  

Posted On: 21 Oct 2021   |   Posted By: Milton Keynes Natural History Society

Simpson Walk 13th July 2021 - Trip Report  

Photo above - Simpson Manor Field, with cattle
A walk around Simpson led by Peter Barnes and Rebecca Hiorns, looking at a variety of habitats and the parish council's initiatives to understand and enhance them, in line with their commitment to help address climate change and the loss of biodiversity.
The evening was warm and dry when, just after 7pm, 30 members and guests set off from the Parks Trust car park off Walton Road and headed north down the path beside the River Ouzel. It was difficult to see the river with all the ruderal growth but when a cry of ‘Greater Dodder!' went up from Julian Lambley - the nettles entwined with the parasite suddenly became much more interesting.
Greater Dodder entwined through stinging nettles
Proceeding back towards the village Stock Dove were spotted and a pair of Mute Swans flew overhead low enough to hear their wings beat, a beautiful sight against the bright blue sky.
Our first stop was St Thomas' churchyard, a complex habitat supporting a wide range of species, some...

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